BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) – Jobs and Applications Open in South Central Kentucky Report estimates that there are more than 7,000 open jobs in the 10-county area, with demand for more than 80,000 estimated over the next five years.
So many jobs open, so many to come, and if a local nonprofit is successful, they would love to fill those jobs with refugees.
It all started when Daniel Tarnagda moved to the United States from West Africa in 2013.
“I had a hard time acclimatizing to the culture and the language barrier,” Tarnagda said. “Even being able to drive to find work was very difficult.”
After going through his own hardships, Tarnagda realized that there were refugees in Bowling Green like him who needed help.
“There is a great need in our community for an organization that supports and walks alongside the refugees and immigrants who live here, to help them in all the struggles they face,” he said.
That idea turned into Refuge Bowling Green, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping refugees acclimate to life in the United States.
“Our goal is to work with refugees and immigrants, those who are legally documented here in Bowling Green and are looking to have sustainable employment to really serve family, pay the bills or care for those left behind,” , said Tarnagda.
Now executive director of Refuge Bowling Green, Tarnagda has set up an employment agency to help refugees find jobs.
“It’s not just us sending them to work with people; we are going to put them there, do different training with them,” Tarnagda said. “We have industrial training that we facilitate for them. We’re not just going to send them to work, we want them to succeed.
Similarly, Refuge Bowling Green will also work with employers to create training for refugee employees.
“We’ll work alongside the company to write a program that best suits the workplace. They’ll apply and then we’ll train the people we’re going to place there,” he said. there before they arrive with pre-training, go into retraining, and if they speak different languages, we will also provide different interpreters.”
Tarnagda says he not only wants to help agency employees find jobs, but to help them find careers.
“We want them to be self-sufficient and able to succeed where we’re going to place them,” he said.
More information about Refuge Bowling Green and its agency can be found on its website.
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